For some time we have been trying to help a homeless young man get his life on the right track. Recently he was about to leave our home and as he gathered up his things from the front porch, I was standing at the door watching him and said, “I love you.” Immediately he said in return, “I love you more.” I’ve never had that said to me before and it took me by surprise because I truly believe he does love me. He just doesn’t know how to show it, probably never had anyone to tell him they love him…maybe ever, but he said he loves me more than I love him.
I couldn’t help but think that no matter how much we love a person, Jesus is the one who can truly say, “I love you more.” He said he loved us more by…
…leaving the beauties of heaven to come to this earth to live as a mortal man,
…coming to this earth and facing the hardships of man
…having no place to lay His head
…being spit upon
…being whipped or scourged by sinful man
…being commanded to carry his own cross up the hill of Golgatha
…being nailed to the old cross
…suffering the pain associated with the nails, the ridicule, the hate, the disgust of those who wanted nothing more than to watch Him die.
…enduring the humiliation of the cross.
…enduring the six agonizing hours hanging suspended between heaven and earth.
…seeing his accusers wagging their tongues at him and yet being able to say, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
We stand in awe of our Savior. We love Him because He first loved us and gave Himself for us. Yes, he truly “loved us more.” May we never forget it was He who loved us first before we were ever formed in our mother’s womb. It is He who blesses us with unlimited blessings days without end and it is He who stands at the door ready to welcome us home and back into His fold when we are ready. May we always stand ready to show the world that we indeed “love Him more.”